Inglis Chairman's Sale Review

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Some of the rarest jewels of Australian racing and breeding’s female ranks were auctioned at Friday’s Inglis Chairman’s Sale in Sydney and global powerhouse Coolmore pounced on the most valuable on offer in the collection.

At a glance

>> Coolmore secured two $2 million mares for Triple Crown winner Justify: sale-topping Maastricht, the dam of Loving Gaby, for $2.25 million, and dual-G1 winner Srikandi for $2 million

>> Arrowfield Stud went to $1.7 million to purchase dual-G1 winner Norzita, while Hilldene Farm and Peter Ford Thoroughbreds secured Aloisia for $1.2 million

>> The night's proceedings kicked off with Tye Angland's 2019 nomination in Trapeze Artist selling for $105,000 when purchased by Sun Bloodstock, while a share in Russian Revolution was sold to Steve Morley Bloodstock and Glenlogan Park for $510,000

>> Bert Vieira was the leading buyer, securing five mares for an average of $218,000, while Aquis also purchased five mares for an average of $177,000

>> The sale had a strong clearance rate of 86% with 51 lots sold at an average of $436,569, over double the broodmare average at the sale last year

Coolmore Justify broodmare buying spree

The prized gem of the sale, Maastricht (NZ) (Mastercraftsman) the dam of star filly Loving Gaby (I Am Invincible) the current second highest rated 2YO filly in Australia, sold to Coolmore for $2.25 million.

Currently in foal again to champion stallion I Am Invincible, Maastricht is destined for a date with Coolmore's Triple Crown winner Justify (Scat Daddy {USA}) in his first season at stud in Australia later this year.

“She’s a quality mare in foal to a good stallion and has a progeny record as well. With a bit of luck, she will be perfectly suitable for Justify. We thought she was one of the highlights of the sale and all the right people were on her,” said Magnier.

Part-owner Alan Bell who purchased Maastricht as a yearling for $220,000 at the 2013 Premier Yearling Sale in New Zealand, was philosophical about parting with the seven-year-old dapple grey mare.

"She made that because she deserved to. She doesn't have a chink in her armour, she's got the lot," said Bell.

"I'm a colt buyer and I have been blessed to have a mare like her but it doesn't fit what I do because I race colts and try to make stallions out of them. So, it makes sense for me to monetise her and roll back into the colt market."

"She doesn't have a chink in her armour, she's got the lot." - Part-owner Alan Bell

The exquisite looking Srikandi (Dubawi {Ire}), a two-time Group 1 winner in foal to American Pharoah (Pioneer of the Nile {USA}) will join Maastricht in the line for Justify with Coolmore going to $2 million to secure her for his high-class book.

“They’re the kind of mares you want, she's got an American Pharoah coming down on the ground and with Justify coming and the best breeders in Australia sending their mares to him this year we want to go out and find the best mares for him.”

Srikandi sold to Coolmore for $2 million

There’s much anticipation about the unbeaten US Triple Crown winner's imminent arrival Down Under and Coolmore is on a mission to ensure he has a dream start to his career in the breeding barn.

"We are trying to get the good types with the good pages and give him the best start possible." - Coolmore's Tom Magnier

“She’s a good looking mare with a lot of quality. We are trying to get the good types with the good pages and give him the best start possible,” said Magnier.

“He’s going to have as exciting a book as he had in the Northern Hemisphere. We are spending the next couple of weeks and months finding mares of similar quality to her.”

Norzita to Arrowfield

Another star offering of the session was Lot 16 Norzita (Thorn Park) presented by Lime Country Thoroughbreds and she lived up to all the lead-up sales hype.

The dual Group 1 winner and champion filly of Australia in 2012-2013 sold for $1.7 Million to Arrowfield Stud’s John Messara

One of the best credentialed Danehill-free fillies of recent times and from the family of top-class performers Zeditave (The Judge), Melito (Redoute’s Choice) and Military Rose (General Nediym), Norzita is currently in foal to Arrowfield's champion sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice).

So far Norzita has produced two foals to race for one winner and has a highly regarded 2YO currently in training with the Hayes/Dabernig team, Confidant.

Norzita

Arrowfield supremo John Messara admitted he had his eye on Norzita for the best part of a year.

“They don’t make many like her. She’s got everything - and suits about four of our stallions.” - John Messara

“She fits every bio for us. She’s a high-class champion of her generation. A magnificent shape and everything is great about her. When something like that comes up you grab her.”

“They don’t make many like her. She’s got everything." - Arrowfield's John Messara

“She’d suit Snitzel and if we decide to sell the foal out of her, especially if it’s a colt, we will go a long way to getting our money back.”

It was a sentimental transaction for the late Dato’ Tan Chin Nam’s former Bloodstock and Racing Manager Duncan Ramage.

“It’s a poignant moment. She’s the last of Dato’s high profile mares that have been sold.”

Norzita, the last of Dato Tan Chin Man's high profile mares goes through the ring at Riverside

“It is satisfying to see the money she made and I’m delighted she has gone to John Messara and Arrowfield where there’s a choice of stallions such as Dundeel, Snitzel or The Autumn Sun. Her future is set very well.”

“It is an interesting feeling to see her go. She’s the last of the best unless we produce another high-class racehorse,” said Ramage.

"I’m delighted she has gone to John Messara and Arrowfield where there’s a choice of stallions." - Duncan Ramage

Her sale far from marks the end of Dato’ Tan Chin Nam’s famous chess board colours on racetracks around Australia. Whilst the family will not operate on the same scale as the hay days, they will still have a strong presence.

“We are going to continue reinvesting some of this money into yearlings in the future.”

As for the more immediate future of Norzita, Ramage is tipping Arrowfield will support their latest stallion recruit The Autumn Sun (Redoute's Choice) by sending her to him this upcoming season.

“She can make a man of him (The Autumn Sun)" quipped Ramage.

Aloisia 4th million dollar mare of the night

Another mare that topped $1 million was 2017 Group 1 Thousand Guineas winner Aloisia (NZ) (Azamour). She was sold to Victorian-based Hilldene who were the underbidders on Norzita.

"It was a fight to get there but she was one of the fillies we were looking at throughout the sale. We were very happy to get her," said Hilldene principle Nick Wakim.

"Thousand Guineas (winning) mares don't come on the market very often. We just loved her depth and quality."

Aloisia competed as recently as last Saturday in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Cup (1600m) where she was unplaced and hasn’t won a race since the Group 2 Vase (2040m) at Moonee Valley in October 2017. Whilst the main priority longer term is to add her to their high-quality broodmare band, Hilldene will consider racing on with her this year.

"It's dual purpose, we might look at racing her or breeding her. There's a lot of options."

"We might give her break and see if we can bring her back for the spring. It that's not a viable option we will look at the breeding barn," he said.

$105,000 for Trapeze Artist nomination

The Chairman’s Sale began with a touching moment as injured jockey Tye Angland sold a 2019 breeding right to Trapeze Artist (Snitzel), gifted to him by the horse’s owner Bert Vieira, for $105,000 to Sun Stud.

Bert Vieira with Tye Angland

Angland and his wife Erin were at Riverside for the evening and were overwhelmed by the support shown by the industry.

“This is Tye’s first proper outing since the accident so it’s great that he’s in an environment where he’s got lots of support and friends in the room here,’’ Erin Angland said.

“We’re absolutely thrilled with this result. We’re so humbled by Bert and his family. They’ve been through their own struggles of late and this just shows his character.

“We’re absolutely thrilled with this result. We’re so humbled by Bert and his family." - Erin Angland

At the time, it was also announced that the 2019 service fee for Trapeze Artist will be reset to $88,000 inc GST.

A four time group 1 winner, Trapeze Artist retired to Widden Stud last month as one of the most high profile sires in recent years.

"We acknowledged the initial service fee was a point of discussion and as such adjusted the service fee accordingly." -Widden's Ryan McEvoy

"We spent a lot of time in discussion with breeders over the last week, listened to them and have acknowledged the initial service fee was a point of discussion and as such adjusted the service fee accordingly," Widden's Ryan McEvoy said.

"Trapeze Artist is the most exciting young sire to retire to stud this season, and we look forward to ensuring he receives the support from breeders that he undoubtedly deserves."

Tye Angland aboard Trapeze Artist

Revised format reaps benefit

Now in its third year, the Inglis Chairman's Sale took on a different format to last year with a refined catalogue.

A total of 59 lots were offered as part of the company's strategic focus on selling an "elite" group of broodmares.

Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster was pleased with the outcomes of the company's revised approach.

"Last year we got too carried away and didn't build a catalogue that was as elite as it should have been." - Inglis Managing Director, Mark Webster

"It by far exceeded our expectations. When you are trying something new it can take a while to get things right," said Webster.

"I think the spread of the buyers and the competition in the room was probably the highlight. We had some lovely mares to sell and we had to work hard to get the right people here and keep them focussed for a couple of hours and get the results. I couldn't be happier with how it's gone."

"Last year we got too carried away and didn't build a catalogue that was as elite as it should have been. Tonight we pulled it back and created an atmosphere over a couple of hours with people enjoying a horse sale."

"Tonight everyone was glued to what was happening in the ring," said Webster.

Top lots

55Maastricht (NZ)Mastercraftsman (Ire)Mare (+)I Am Invincible$2,250,000 Coolmore/ James Bester BloodstockNewgate Consignment
28SrikandiDubawi (Ire)Mare (+)American Pharoah (USA)$2,000,000 T MagnierKitchwin Hills
16Norzita (NZ)Thorn ParkMare (+)Snitzel$1,700,000 Freyer Bloodstock (FBAA)Lime Country Thoroughbreds
34Aloisia (NZ)Azamour (Ire)Mare-$1,200,000 Hilldene Farm/ Peter Ford Thoroughbreds (FBAA)Newgate Consignment
25Snitty KittySnitzelMare-$850,000 Widden StudSledmere Stud
60Fast FleetFastnet RockMare (+)Zoustar$800,000 Glenn Burrows BloodstockAquis Farm
5Lady SharapovaFastnet RockMare (+)Pierro$650,000 Allam Racing/ Andrew Williams BloodstockCoolmore Stud
15NoondieFlying SpurMare (+)Written Tycoon$600,000 Mitchell Bloodstock (FBAA)Sledmere Stud
26So SereneExceed And ExcelMare (+)Sebring$540,000 Grunt PartnershipSegenhoe Stud
2Russian Revolution (Share)SnitzelStallion-$510,000 Steve Morley Bloodstock/ Glenlogan ParkSledmere Stud